Hon. Lillian Wan

New York City Family Court Judge

Judge Wan was appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on July 11, 2012 and serves in Kings County Family Court hearing cases involving child abuse and neglect, custody, visitation, family offenses and juvenile delinquency.  Judge Wan regularly presides over trials and makes decisions affecting the safety and welfare of children and families on a daily basis.  Judge Wan currently serves as the Family Treatment Court, a problem solving court model dedicated to serving parents who have child neglect cases due to substance abuse addiction.  Judge Wan is also designated to preside over “crossover youth” cases which involve children in foster care who are subsequently arrested for committing crimes.  Judge Wan has strong analytical and writing skills, and thirteen of her decisions have been featured as Decisions of Interest in the New York Law Journal.   Prior to taking the bench, Judge Wan was a Court Attorney-Referee in Kings County Surrogate’s Court where she handled adoption, guardianship, and trusts and estates matters.  In this capacity, Judge Wan conducted trial and settlement conferences with attorneys and self-represented litigants and presided over guardianship hearings involving disabled adults and kinship hearings to determine who inherits an estate.   Judge Wan also served for nine years as a trial attorney at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in the Family Court Legal Services Division, where she tried and supervised hundreds of abuse and neglect trials.

Judge Wan earned her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her law degree from Albany Law School, where she served on the Albany Law Review.  Judge Wan formerly chaired the Family Court and Family Law Committee at the City Bar and is currently serving on the City Bar’s Nominating Committee.  Judge Wan also serves as a board member for the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, the New York State Family Court Judges Association and the Asian American Judges Association of New York State.  Judge Wan is currently the Vice President of the New York City Family Court Judges Association.  Judge Wan is currently serving on the Unified Court System’s Advisory Committee on Court Interpreting where she co-chairs the subcommittee on community outreach.  Judge Wan has also been selected to serve on the Appellate Division Second Department Mental Health Professional Certification Committee, a committee charged with assessing the qualifications of potential court appointed mental health experts.  Judge Wan is the former co-chair of the Government and Public Sector Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of New York.   For the last three years, Judge Wan has been an active participant in the National Association of Women Judges “Color of Justice” Program, which has been geared towards introducing NYC high school students to the legal profession.  Judge Wan regularly participates in various  “Meet the Judges” events in the community and has presented on career panels at various NYC schools.


September 23, 2017
Bootcamp: Road to the Bench: Review of the Application, the Interview, and getting Endorsements
9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM